Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Luminous Interiors by Brian J. McCarthy

Recently named to Architectural Digest's esteemed  list of Architects and Interior Designers, the 2014 AD100, Brian McCarthy has published a new book on his work, Luminous Interiors.  Destined to be a classic for years to come, there are 200 color photographs of sumptuously finished rooms accompanied by his very personal and descriptive text.

McCarthy joined the venerable Parish Hadley design firm in 1983, where he worked alongside Bunny Williams, who wrote a most admiring forward to this luxe book. Since starting his own firm in 1991, business has grown exponentially as has his elite client list.

Atelier Mériguet-Carrère plaster panels carved with nature scenes surround this luxurious dining room.

Wrapping his interiors in an envelope of equisite finishes, this designer works with artisans around the world sometimes having entire suites of rooms crafted at Feau and Sie in Paris. He uses materials such as  gilt, silver leaf, lacquer, Venetian plaster, and bold architectural elements to transform spaces into his clients vision. 

Three elements, reflectivity, texture, and silhouette are hallmarks of McCarthy's interior designs, adding interest across a rooms "skyline".

A pair of bronze crocodile sculptures by artist Claude Lalanne in the Manhattan apartment McCarthy shares with his partner. Art and sculpture fill every corner  of his home down to the Alberto Pinto dinnerware and water glasses by Deborah Ehrlich. 
Many of  McCarthy's  clients have world renowned collections of art and as a collector himself,  he believes that works of art are what give  an interior design its "zing".

An antique suzani from Madeline Weinrib graces this 19th-century iron four poster bed made in France.

This home on the south shore of eastern Long Island has dining room murals based on Monet's Water Lilies. The porthole mirror is surrounded by sconces of amethyst and beaded glass.

By Brian J. McCarthy
 Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York 2013
Photography: Francesco Lagnese, Max Kim-Bee, Fritz von der Schulenburg

This is  a book I will pick up many times and one that is a must for your library. 
Copy and images courtesy of Abrams and Sarah Birmingham of Little Bird Publicity

Thank you to my friends and followers who support the arts!

The Arts by Karena


Protima K. said...

Lovely style you create here. Have interesting things i really liked it very much. Interior design ideas

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I love the way he uses neutrals...such rich, warm designs. Thanks for the introduction, Karena!

martinealison said...


Un intérieur très élégant... Une très belle publication.
Gros bisous

Thehouseofhampton said...

I love the three elements that are a must for me. The photos tell the story. This is a must read....
Thanks for sharing and exposing me again to another fablous book!

highheeledlife said...

Bonjour mon ami... I hope all is well ...sorry I haven't been by - been between country and city home and up to elbows in renos.
Once again you have introduced us to an other brilliant artist! Great ideas - especially as I will be decorating a the city home after renos top to bottom... Hugs and Blessings, C. (HHL)

Donna said...

Love the brown accents. Timeless.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh my goodness, what gorgeous interiors! I adore the modern/classic lines!!!! This is really my style!

therelishedroost said...

Is this a banner year for books or what!! so much inspiration and design education out there its amazng!!!

Woodside Park said...

Happy December, Karena! Your blog is not updating on my blogroll??? I just clicked over to see if you were posting. I'll have to reload it tonight. Glad I popped over. Looks like a beautiful book.

Woodside Park said...

PS - Showing your post from 5 weeks ago as latest.

Lisa Mende Design said...

Looks like a fab book, will have to put on my list!

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

I love the room on the cover of the book - so many great elements!

Stacy CUrran said...

You always have the best book recommendations!

Unknown said...

Hi Karena!

This looks like a fabulous design book to add to my ever growing library! Gorgeous style and what a pedigree!!

Hope your holidays are off to a merry start!
xoxo Elizabeth

MJH DesignArts said...

Hi karena, I love this post as Brian McCarthy is one of my favorite designers.
xoxoxo Mary

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

I adore this book. Can't put it down!!
I hope that all is well with you. Your thumbnail on my blogroll show last post 5 weeks ago. I clicked on it and it came here.

christina @ greige said...

Hello! This looks beautiful! Wishing you a wonderful Holdiay Season! Thank you for being my most loyal commenter!!


Fashion-isha said...

These interiors are really beautiful. Hope you're weekend is going great!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

It is no wonder that he made the AD list of esteemed architects and designers…the rooms are exquisite..the definition of perfection.

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